Johnson scores 28, Jazz beat Clippers 105-98 to even series

Summary: Down by seven with 7:37 left and trailing the series two games to one, Joe Johnson checked in the game and the series changed possibly forever.

Mo Speights missed a 3 that would have given the Clippers a 10-point lead.

"I felt like it happened fast", Paul said. And many of those elder statesmen will be back at work Tuesday as the Western Conference playoffs continue with a trio of Game 5s - Houston will be home with a chance to eliminate Oklahoma City, Memphis goes back to San Antonio and Utah visits the Los Angeles Clippers.

The Clippers are without Griffin for the rest of the playoffs after suffering a plantar plate injury to his right big toe in Game 3. Gobert heroically returning to the floor after a mere eight days.

Utah Jazz standout center Rudy Gobert was upgraded to questionable for Sunday night's Game 4 against the Los Angeles Clippers, coach Quin Snyder told reporters at the team's mid-day shootaround. No stock Clipper fan is wearing that jersey - the Jazz would have gotten a Chris Paul or Blake Griffin jersey instead. The Jazz won and evened the series at two games apiece, which is all well and good.

"That's on me", Paul said. And the strength to get to spots on the floor. Jamal Crawford came off the bench to add in 25, while J.J. Redick and DeAndre Jordan would both finish with 12 points each.

We must say, off the top, that we're not sure just how "authentic" this story is, but man, do we want it to be legitimate. "They used to call him 'Joe Jesus'". Joe hit an 8-foot floater, followed it with a 3, another floater then a tough turnaround jumper and the Jazz had tied the game at 87-87. And the Clippers had very few answers: he shot 12-of-17 in his 35 minutes off the bench. So he ended up going back to the locker room, and I think he threw up again.

For more leftover thoughts from Andy about Sunday night's game, listen to the KSL Court Report podcast. Utah closed within a point twice late in the quarter on baskets from Johnson and Dante Exum. Things are looking dire for the Clippers, who once again have had a key player fall to injury in the playoffs and look like they are about to choke away their 2-1 series lead. The Clippers committed nine turnovers, but the Jazz turned those into 17 points.

That being said, Gobert wasn't the All-NBA caliber player that he was during the regular season.

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